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Old August 29, 2012, 01:06 AM   #76
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Question: Were Detonics & Colt Officers models around in that era? If so, what was their reputaion?
Yes, Detonics pistols showed up in the late 1970s IIRC. Generally, people thought they were cool because they were so compact, but not very reliable and a lot of recoil and blast. The Colt Officer's Model (I assume you mean the 1911 platform ones) showed up in the mid to late 1980s. There were also several other semi carry gun options available; Star PD, AMT, S&W models 39 and 59, and the ubiquitous PPKs and PP. A lot of revolvers were carried, typically J frame Smiths or D frame Colts, Charter Arms, and a variety of small framed guns, but some of us carried large frame revolvers or autos either because we didn't care if it showed or we wanted the firepower.
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Old August 29, 2012, 08:16 AM   #77
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The Colt was called the Officer's ACP. There was a Colt revolver on the medium frame called the Officer's Model. The large frame model was the Shooting Master (and there was another large frame target model, too). I owned one of the Officer's ACP. I wouldn't say it had a lot of blast but it was certainly a handful to shoot.

Star pistols from Spain were the first to produce very lightweight pistols, all single actions rather like Colt, except none had grip safeties that I recall. There was a .45 model called the PD, already mentioned, and a thin and compact model called the Starlight as well as a variety of .380 models over the years. I couldn't say how popular they were but gun writers often mentioned them.

Some PPKs were produced with an alloy frame but only in .32. I believe those were produced at least by 1960. The groundbreaking S&W Model 39 was also around by then and one company used them as a basis for a cut-down model called the ASP, I think it was. Those were also written about a lot but I never saw one.
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Old August 29, 2012, 11:14 AM   #78
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Likely the same thing I carry now, a 4" Smith 29 or 24, or a single action 44 or 45.
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Old August 29, 2012, 09:14 PM   #79
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If I was going to carry something that I have from the '50s and if I had to put it in my pocket, my 1954 Armi Galesi Mosel 9 in 32ACP.


If concealment wasn't as big of a problem then my 1954 Colt Commander,


1954 is my birth year. maybe why my picture taking skills are so bad.
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Old August 29, 2012, 10:28 PM   #80
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I wasn't born until 84, but I would probably be carrying a J-frame, much like I do now.
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Old August 30, 2012, 05:46 AM   #81
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I was born in 1946, August 21st, to be precise, so my picture-taking skills are non-existant, not to mention the fact that I have no picture-taking device.

The photo of the Galesi reminds me of something. A long time friend of mine who was actually in our wedding 30 some years ago has the habit of calling me once in a blue moon asking me trivia questions. He came by a few years ago and showed me his own pistol, which I had no idea he had. I knew he had a naval truck gun but not a pistol, which was an Ortiges .32 auto. You just never know what people have in their top dresser drawer, do you?
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Old August 30, 2012, 02:26 PM   #82
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My ruger security six . SEPT 4. 1949 .
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Old August 30, 2012, 02:31 PM   #83
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full size 1911 in 45acp
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Old September 2, 2012, 07:20 AM   #84
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1911 government model. same one I carry now.
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Old September 2, 2012, 10:30 AM   #85
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J frame and Browing HP.
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Old September 2, 2012, 11:58 PM   #86
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Depending on dress and where I was going At work no guns allowed a Beretta 950 in 25auto or a Bauer 25 on string around neck (empty chamber_)
Not at work a model 36 S&W or a Colt Commander .
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Old September 3, 2012, 09:40 PM   #87
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What would I carry, or what did I carry?

As an academic exercise (don't I sound like a Democrat now!), from this moment in time, BACK to the 70's, I would carry either a Browning Hi Power, (the Mark II's are just coming into play), or a Sand W Model 15 in .38 Special.

OTOH, I DID carry a Model 15, as a 'Security Augmentee', assigned to the 635th Security Police Squadron on U-Tapao RTNAF in Thailand, from time to time, between 1971 to 1974.

At present, I own both models of guns mentioned. My 'go-to' piece would be the Model 15. I've learned all the different drills necessary for the Browning, and experienced a few on the range. I agree with Clint Smith, in his saying that, 'nothing goes right in a fight'. Would I want that variety of possible malfunctions to occur at the very Murphy Moment needed? No! Ergo, I choose the Model 15.
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Old September 4, 2012, 06:51 AM   #88
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S&W 3rd Gen 5906



Or it's little brother the S&W 6906



Great guns ...

Heavy tho

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Old September 4, 2012, 07:45 AM   #89
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I carried a 1965 S&W model 60.
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Old September 4, 2012, 09:24 AM   #90
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Probably a model 36 for a revolver or a 39 for an auto.
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Old September 4, 2012, 12:24 PM   #91
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1950-1970's ERA[before plastic, what would you carry?
Knowing me, I'd have probably ended up with some surplus European .380 auto.
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Old September 5, 2012, 11:34 PM   #92
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Great thread!

I'd probably carry one of three irons.
First choice S&W Model 12, second a Colt Dick special and last a Colt Commander with stag grips.
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Old September 6, 2012, 10:54 AM   #93
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How rude of me. Here, pics.


1st choice



2nd choice



3rd choice




SIG 1911 XO / SA 1911 custom / Colt Gold Cup / Colt Series 70 /SIG P226 e2 / Browning High-power / Walther PPQ / G34 / G19 / G21 / G22 / Kahr CW9 / S&W M-19 / Hk USP 40 / Rem 870 / Rock R. AR-15

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Old September 6, 2012, 11:41 AM   #94
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Without question my choice would be a Browning Hi-Power.

Runners up:

#2 1911

#3 Walther P38
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Old September 6, 2012, 01:49 PM   #95
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Old September 6, 2012, 02:27 PM   #96
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My 60's carry was a 1911 style BB gun (Crossman?) my 70's carry was Dad's 2nd series Colt Matchtarget
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Old September 6, 2012, 03:17 PM   #97
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most likley a Browning Hi-Power or a colt .45
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Old September 9, 2012, 06:52 PM   #98
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One of these guys: Colt M1903 in .32 ACP or M1908 in .380 ACP. (Or maybe both.)
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Old September 9, 2012, 08:03 PM   #99
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Probably revolvers especially those SAA Colts
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Old September 11, 2012, 10:34 PM   #100
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